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Poster: clashcity Date: Apr 23, 2009 7:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH: The Ark

As someone pointed out yesterday...

Jerry: "The guy wants to make a little speech..."
"Listen,..uh, heh, I said this last night and I'm gonna say it again. Monday night I didn't know how to introduce the people up here 'cos I never heard 'em live and last night I did and tonight I know I even better. This is the best fucking rock & roll band in the WHOLE WORLD!" to which Bobby remarks "At your service."

And instead of ripping into some blazing opener. The Grateful Dead in fine fashion follow that statement with He Was a Friend of Mine. Classic.

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Apr 24, 2009 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

I've got this whole run loaded on the iPod.

Love it!

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Poster: snori Date: Apr 23, 2009 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

Cuts notwithstanding this is a fantastic show (and in great quality). On the subject of 'he was a friend ...' I've seen this reported as being about JFK (or dedicated to him by David Crosby), and also Jim Reeves. Is there a definitive subject or has it become like 'He's Gone' for particular occasions ? And are there other versions with 'A hand to hold' included ? Helluva way to start the show off.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Apr 23, 2009 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

Is this wiki entry about the same song?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Was_a_Friend_of_Mine

Bobby Bare recorded the song in 1964 in memory of air crash victim Jim Reeves. That same year, Petula Clark released a French version of the song under the title "Toi qui m'as fait pleurer", with a Bobby Bare credit as writer.

In the Byrds' version, John F. Kennedy was the friend whose death was lamented. The melody is changed considerably and Roger McGuinn takes a songwriter's credit.

The Grateful Dead is commonly listed as performing this song from 1966 through 1969. While listed in setlists as "He Was A Friend Of Mine", they actually played a portion of "Just A Hand To Hold", written by Mark Spoelstra.

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Poster: snori Date: Apr 23, 2009 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

It must be, I just had a look there, and it describes the song as a traditional folk song. The Dylan version it mentions has a date of 1962 which predates both JFK and Reeves deaths.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Apr 23, 2009 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

The Dylan version, the Byrds version and the Grateful Dead's song by that title are all different.
Dylan's (stolen from Dave Van Ronk)

"He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine.
Every time I think about him now
Lord I just can't keep from crying.
Cos he was a friend of mine.

"He died on the road
He died on the road
He never had enough money to pay his room or board
And he was a friend of mine

"I stole away and cried
I stole away and cried
'Cos I never had too much money and I've never been quite satisfied
And he was a friend of mine"


"He never done no wrong
He never done no wrong
A thousand miles from home and he never harmed no one
And he was a friend of mine

"He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Every time I hear his name I just can't keep from cryin'
"Cos he was a friend of mine"

The Byrds:

"He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
His killing had no purpose, no reason or rhyme
He was a friend of mine"

"He was in Dallas town
He was in Dallas town
From a sixth floor window a gunner shot him down
He died in Dallas town"

"He never knew my name
He never knew my name
Though I never met him I knew him just the same
Oh he was a friend of mine" He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Leader of a nation for such a precious time
He was a friend of mine"




This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-04-23 19:52:29

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 23, 2009 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

It is too bad about the St Stephen, otherwise a Fine Fantastic show - I am up to the Doin' that Rag!!

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Poster: clashcity Date: Apr 23, 2009 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

I've read about this St. Stephen being marred... I got interrupted in the middle of Dark Star and just started it over.

Amazing I'm expected to work while listening to an Ark show...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 23, 2009 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

LOL

I was finding it a little distracting - this show is much more than simply background music - it demands attention be paid!!

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Poster: clashcity Date: Apr 23, 2009 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

Seriously. That Dark Star is no joke. Maybe its the sound quality, but to my ear it the better of the 3 from this Ark run. However I must admit this is my first listen to the 23rd.

So far this shows sounds far more together than the other 2.

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Apr 23, 2009 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: The Ark

FWIW, the 23rd's always been my personal fave of that run.